Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan shakes hands with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel during their meeting in Ankara September 8, 2014. (REUTERS/Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Press Office)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will sound out Turkish leaders Monday on "how far they're willing to go" in a U.S.-led coalition against ISIS despite the militant group's holding of Turkish hostages and domestic security fears, a U.S. official said.More high-level U.S. officials are expected to visit in the coming weeks.An ally in the U.S.-led NATO military alliance, Turkey has sensitive relations with sometimes unstable neighbors, bordering not only Syria, the origin of the ISIS threat, but Iraq, where the Islamist group took dozens of Turks hostage.That close proximity to the conflict also make Turkey's support vital, the U.S. official said.
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